Local government collusion with criminal gangs undermining Amazon protections, enforcement chief tells climate delegates

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Collusion between local authorities and criminal gangs is exacerbating illegal deforestation in the Amazon, the head of environmental law enforcement in Brazil has told delegates at the COP 23 climate conference. His comments came two weeks after the latest series of assaults on agencies tasked with protecting the Brazilian Amazon.

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Illegal deforestation drives dramatic rise in Brazilian emissions, eclipsing effects of recession

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Illegal deforestation drove the biggest increase in Brazilian greenhouse gas emissions for 13 years in 2016, despite a severe recession leading to lower emissions from nearly every sector save agriculture.

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“Illegal” decree strips protection from area of forest the size of Belgium, used by Paraguayan President to authorise clearance on own ranch

Monday, October 30th, 2017

The President of Paraguay issued a potentially illegal decree freeing ranchers to accelerate the already catastrophically high rate of deforestation in the country’s Chaco region, then immediately used it to clear forest on his own ranch, an investigation by newspaper ABC Color has revealed.

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Brazilian President cancels $1.5 billion of outstanding illegal deforestation fines

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Brazil’s President has issued an executive order revoking 60 percent of outstanding environmental fines imposed on ranchers and agribusiness for illegally clearing forest on their land.

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Most slaughterhouses in Brazilian Amazon operating without commitment to monitor their supply chains

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Over half of the slaughterhouses in the Brazilian Amazon are failing to monitor the farms that supply them with cattle, flooding domestic and international markets with beef of unknown origin from a country beleaguered by illegal ranching.

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UK supermarkets found stocking beef linked to illegal deforestation in Brazil

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

A recent case study suggests the EU is failing in its promises to tackle its role in driving tropical forest destruction. British supermarket chains were found to be stocking corned beef from a firm fined millions of dollars for purchasing cattle reared on illegally deforested land in Brazil. Meanwhile, European imports of beef from the Latin American country are rising in lockstep with the deforestation rate.

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Illicit cattle ranching drives 23 percent decline in Central America’s three biggest forest blocks

Monday, August 7th, 2017

The three largest forest blocks in Central America have shrunk by 23 percent in the past 15 years, almost entirely due to illegal cattle ranching, according to a forthcoming study by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).

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Inadequate enforcement enables illegalities to flourish in Brazil’s beef supply chain

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Cattle from illegally deforested land plays a significant role in Brazil’s domestic beef supply chain, as an absence of clear tracking data enables ranchers to move cattle from illegal land to legally registered properties shortly before selling them to slaughter houses.

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Rollback of environmental protections stokes violence in the Brazilian Amazon

Monday, July 24th, 2017

The rollback of environmental protections in Brazil continued through July, with campaigners warning that the changes encourage land grabs, illegal deforestation, and violence against activists and enforcement officials.

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Indigenous stewards identify growing threat posed by ranchers within Nicaraguan forest reserve

Friday, July 21st, 2017

The indigenous government which manages 70 percent of a Nicaraguan reserve the size of Luxembourg has condemned illegal deforestation by ranchers seeking land for pasture.

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Major US pension fund invested in illegal deforestation

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

One of the largest pension funds in the USA has invested millions of dollars in the palm oil sector, including in companies repeatedly exposed for illegal deforestation, according to a new report.

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Booming beef exports fuel forest clearances and violence in Nicaragua’s Bosawás Reserve

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

Booming beef exports are fuelling illegal land sales, forest clearances and violent conflict in Nicaragua’s Bosawás Biosphere Reserve, home to one of Central America’s last remaining pockets of Intact Forest Landscape.

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World’s largest beef producer fined after buying cattle raised on illegally deforested land in Brazil

Monday, March 27th, 2017

JBS, the world’s largest beef producer, has bought livestock raised in illegally deforested areas in the state of Para, according to a recent investigation by IBAMA, the Brazilian environment agency. Greenpeace has cut ties with the company, a pioneer of ‘zero deforestation’ pledges, as a result.

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Brazilian presidential decree “a Christmas present to land grabbers”

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

New analysis published by the NGO Imazon has found that the downgrading of protection for a huge area of rainforest last December was “a Christmas present to land grabbers”, which will encourage them to continue to illegally occupy land throughout the Amazon.

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False documents facilitate illegal sale of land in Brazilian indigenous reserve

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Deforestation of an indigenous reserve in the Brazilian state of Rondonia has intensified after false documents were allegedly drawn up to illegally sell off pockets of land for agriculture.

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